Clovis man pleads guilty in shooting

Mark Madrid (right) speaks with his attorney, Michael Rosenfield, on Monday in a Clovis courtroom. Madrid, 23, faces between 16 to 27 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson)

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer

As Mark Madrid left the courtroom Monday in shackles, he told his mother that he loved her.

Ruth Madrid, who was seated in the front row during the hearing, was struggling to understand what happened to her son, who pled guilty to second-degree murder.

“My son has never been bad before,” Ruth Madrid said. “This is all because of drugs. I didn’t get on him enough — he wasn’t in a right state of mind.”

Madrid, 23, was charged with shooting and killing Profirio Gonzales, 53, in March 2004. Madrid also shot a bystander, police said.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Madrid faces 16 to 27 1/2 years in jail plus a $10,000 fine, according to 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker.

Madrid’s attorney, Michael Rosenfield, said he will push for the minimum sentence because his client was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crimes.

According to a press release from the District Attorney’s office and police reports, Madrid and Gonzales were arguing over a lighter in the 800 block of North Oak Street when Madrid pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot the victim several times in the chest and head area. Madrid also shot a bystander, Ernic Perez, in the leg, the release said.

Deputy District Attorney Fred Van Soelen said Madrid confessed to police and a physician that he ingested methamphetamine before and after he killed Gonzales.

“I will argue (during sentencing) how dangerous drugs are in society and how drug use springs other crimes,” Van Soelen said.

Madrid will be sent to Los Lunas Department of Corrections in the next 60 days for a psychological assessment before he is sentenced, Parker said.

No one from the Perez or Gonzales families was present at Madrid’s plea hearing.